Tucker Barnhart continued his stretch of good hitting in a Louisville win last night as he went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The catcher is now hitting .347 in the month of August and .314 going back to July 1st. The strong second half is a good turn around for Barnhart, who struggled in the first three months of the season, hitting .211 through June in Triple-A.

Infielder Rey Navarro had a strong night for the Bats as well, going 3-5 with an RBI. It was his second straight three hit game and pushed his average with Louisville over the .300 mark. Since his promotion to Triple-A he’s hit .301/.353/.421 with 17 walks and 23 strikeouts in 61 games.

Dayton remained on top of the wild card race despite a loss, but Nick Howard had his second straight start of 5.0 innings and just one run allowed. He set a new career high with five strikeouts in the game. On August 17th he allowed six earned runs over 5.0 innings, but has rebounded well with just two runs over the last 10.0 innings as he’s lowered his ERA to 4.08 on the year.

Billings Mustangs starter Tyler Mahle had a second straight strong start as he tossed 6.2 shutout innings in a win. The 19-year-old right hander had six strikeouts without a walk as he pushed his season total up to 66 in 71.2 innings. Over his last six starts he’s posted a 2.38 ERA in 34.0 innings with just three walks and 31 strikeouts.

Brennan Bernardino closed out the Mustangs win last night with a hitless inning, a walk and a strikeout as he continued one of the better debuts of a Reds draft pick in recent memory. The 26th rounder now has a 0.38 ERA on the season with seven saves, 23.2 innings pitched, just one earned run allowed, seven walks and 28 strikeouts.

After an 0-10 start in his first five games, Miguel Mendez went 3-4 last night for the Arizona League Reds while scoring a run and driving in another. The infielder missed the first several months of the season, not making his 2014 debut until August 6th. With today being the last day of the season, it was good to see him get some hits on the board. From 2011-2013 he hit .327 between the Venezuelan and Dominican Summer Leagues.

Arizona League Reds starter Mark Armstrong tossed 6.0 innings of one-run baseball in the win last night as he lowered his ERA to 4.23 on the season. It continued a good run over his last five starts where he’s posted an ERA of 2.77. In those 24.0 innings over that stretch he has walked just two batters and struck out 22.